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Blues have twin goals against Chiefs

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Lynn McConnell     18 May 2019     Getty Images

That is the number of games, which stand at 15, since they last beat their southern neighbours.

After the frustration of having enough ball and field position to beat the Hurricanes last week captain and lock Patrick Tuipulotu said the squad had been put under the pump by the coaches to get things right and they had enjoyed a good training week as a result.

There had been some hard discussions earlier in the week and as a result the training sessions ahead of the game had been tough but beneficial and it was a case of just putting it out on the field now, he said.

"It's tough coming in on a Monday after a game like that feeling like we had won," he said.

There was a desire for the pack to try and get good ball for the backline, especially for wing Rieko Ioane to show what he could do.

They knew what to expect from the Chiefs. They would be looking to put their bodies on the line and repeat what they did to the side the last time they met.

"They will take a lot from that but for us that's the challenge. We're at home now and want to do well," he said.

They were confident the work they had put in on their maul would be a help.

"We feel like we've come a long way since last year and the start of this year and it's something we've got in our back pocket that we can trust," he said.

"They're a big physical side and over the years they pride themselves on being the bully and for us we've come close so many times and it's really up to us to get over the line."